The internet is full of hyperlinks and we keep clicking them very often than not. Many times, we do not have an idea of the page we would land up in, before you click on a hyperlinked url, isn't it? Will it not be a great experience for you to view a thumbnail preview of the page that is being linked to.

With JV-ShrinkTheWeb (or JV-STW in short) you can generate website thumbnail previews for website urls, and show them anywhere in your Joomla! website like in a directory, article, module etc...


  • Pictures speak a thousand words. Do so with thumbnail previews for urls on your website. Provide pictorial previews of website urls that can give a more professional ease of use to your site visitors.
  • Use it along with your affiliate program to increase revenue.
  • Add to your member profiles, forum signatures, web directories, Joomla weblinks, related links etc...
  • Recall previously visited websites, improve search accuracy, filter offensive websites, discover ambiguous and parked websites.


  • Joomla 3.4+, PHP 5.4+, MySQL 5.5+
  • Free or Paid account at



JV-ShrinkTheWeb Product Features

jvstw - website thumbnail previews for joomla

The {stwpreview} Magic!

Generate thumbnails in matter of seconds by adding a simple stwpreview  tag for any url wherever you want the preview to appear on your website! JV-ShrinkTheWeb will magically convert the tag into a website thumbnail preview of that url and show it in it's place. Isn't that simple and easy?

Manage Previews

JV-ShrinkTheWeb uses the services of to fetch thumbnails.  In Joomla backend, you can view the recently generated thumbnail previews, clear cache, search previews by url and also view the list of all thumbnail previews image in a given page. You have complete control on the generated thumbnail preview images.

Quick Insert with Editor Button

To make it easier for you to add {stwpreview} tags, JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides an editor button called "Url Preview" which you can use to insert these tags easily with all arguments in your Joomla editor. 

Style the Preview Images

You can style the generated images by providing optional arguments to {stwpreview} tag where you can define your custom styling or even provide a custom class name.

Multiple Thumbnail Previews per Page

Add multiple stwpreview tags anywhere in your website,and JV-ShrinkTheWeb will replace all the tags with respective thumbnail previews. JV-ShrinkTheWeb just shows thumbnail previews wherever it finds the tags.

Controlling the Preview Generation

JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides a number of optional arguments to {stwpreview} tag. With these arguments you can set the size, quality, dimensions and many other attributes of the preview image that will be generated.

Cache Thumbnail Images

JV-ShrinkTheWeb fetches thumbnails from on the fly as the page loads. It also caches the fetched images locally for faster page loading!

Thumbnail Images

JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides an option to upload and use a local custom thumbnail instead of dynamically generated one for specific urls! This feature can be used as an alternative in case you want to use a different image than the one provided by

Use it with any Joomla Extension!

Yes, you can use JV-ShrinkTheWeb to show thumbnails in any Joomla extension display, by including the stwpreview tag in the extension layout. It is very simple.